City of Morenci looking for new zoning administrator 8.12.09

Written by David Green.

Following the death of Jack Baird, the city is in need of a new residential zoning administrator.

Keith Pennington, chair of city council’s Legal and Finance committee, suggested at Monday’s council meeting that building inspector Kevin Arquette or industrial/commercial inspector Jacob Barnes might be interested in seeking the job. Arquette answered that he would consider the job.

Mayor Doug Erskin suggested first advertising for the position and council voted unanimously to place an advertisement in the Observer.

FESTIVAL—City treasurer Stephanie Mossing gave council a financial report on the Town and Country Festival.

Revenue came in at $21,000—plus some additional funds coming from the Eagles club from the beer tent—and expenses were about $14,000.

“The problem,” Mossing said, “is that we had a deficit from last year.”

Mossing predicted the deficit would likely be cut considerably with the Eagles money, remaining at less than $2,000.

The committee lost money due to the wrestling shows, Deatrick said.

Pennington thanked the committee members and other volunteers for their hard work, and he also praised Joe Farquhar for his fund-raising for the fireworks.

Councilor Greg Braun added that he heard from Lenawee REACT—a volunteer group that helps with security—with praise for the committee.

SOUTH PARK—Betty Yenor discussed the situation at Stephenson Park and young people who stay in the park “at all hours of the night.”

Police chief Larry Weeks said it’s a challenging situation for his officers because it’s easy to hide behind trees in the park.

He said there are six to 10 teen-age children who are repeat problems and the issue is not being addressed by their parents.

He will be checking with the city attorney to see if documented repeat offenders can be barred from using the park.

He urged people to call 911 to report problems.

“That’s what it’s for,” he said. “You might as well get your money’s worth.”

SHELTERS—Council voted to accept a bid from Martinez and Petry to reroof the two Wakefield Park shelter houses on the east side of the park. Their low bid came in at $5,042. Six bids were submitted.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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